Friday, April 18, 2014

Needs-no-meat Pizza on Flatbread

I love pizza without meat.  My husband loves meat.  I figured out that I can trick him by just adding flavor.  I always break and confess that there is no meat and he always reply's with, "It would have been even better if it had meat!"  To that I always feel defeated and want to choke him.  I said "want" to choke him.  I never do nor do I condone such behavior.  I normally get over it and complain to someone about my carnivorous family.  Finally my niece says to not mention the no meat, ever.  Just let it slide.  Don't call it Meatless Monday or Free Friday or any such nonsense.  Just cook good, healthy food that tastes delicious.
So for lunch I made this pizza.  I filled it with seasonings, and veggies.  I always start with flatbread.  It is my favorite go to pizza crust, my version of frozen pizza.  Then I add about a tablespoon of sauce.  I saute the veggies and seasonings to top my pizza and then I top with fresh mozzerella.  I always round the edge of my pizza with a good olive oil and bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.  It was dreamy delicious.  The best part is that he ate his and then the rest of the leftovers.  I never mention the meat or the veggies.  He never mentioned them either.

Needs-no-meat Pizza on Flatbread

1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 med onion chopped
1/2 cup chopped brocolli
Olive oil
Penzeys Tuscan Sunset Seasoning
Penzeys Pizza Seasoning
(I always buy Penzeys seasonings and spices because they are makes a big difference)
Pinch of salt

Saute the veggies and seasonings in olive oil.

I always have freeze dehydrated foods on hand.  We live in Alaska in the middle of no where and we can run out of things from time to time.  I am normally only cooking for 2-3 people and I hate wasting food.  A few years ago a friend suggested I buy freeze dehydrated foods from a company named Thrive.  I have loved it and it has saved my meals on more than one occasion.

That brings me to my sauce.  I use the freeze dehydrated to make my sauce and I can tailor it to fit the size of meal I am preparing.

Sauce--jar sauce is fine too

2 tablespoons tomato powder
1 teaspoon bell pepper
1 teaspoon onion
salt to taste

I add the amount of water it calls for. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

It's Friday and I'm Obsessed....

~ With throw back pictures like the one above of me when I was young and a young picture of my dad.  Instagram is full of them on Thursdays and I love seeing people when they were young. 

~With these earrings.  I may have to buy a pair real soon.

~This blog and their daily posts.

~These cookies....I can't get enough of them.

~Happy Mail....I get something each week and I love it but I have this obsession with the mail everyone receives. LOVE it.

~Art journaling....I do something each day and I look on the internet for inspiration

Total Eclipse of the Heart

My husband loves night photography.  He does most of the northern light shots and all of the other night shots I post.  He was excited about the eclipse and headed out to get some shots.  I set the camera up as best I can and he heads out and I head to bed.  Here is one of his shots from the other night.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

spring is in the air

I have been seeing all these beautiful posts from everyone with flowers.  Flowers on trees, flower arrangements, flower gardens, and I love flowers so I get a little envious.  My husband suggested I go buy flowers so I did.  I can't even begin to tell you how that can turn a girls day around.

Today, the ground shook.  Literally.  We have had a couple earthquakes lately.  Today felt really close.  The dogs and I were being lazy and all the sudden things started to shake and the hall doors popped open and Nutmeg took off running (I don't know where she was headed but she was out of there).  Luckily it did not last long and nothing was broken.  My cute flowers stayed in place and no harm or accident came upon them....the family was alright too.

What does your spring look like?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Green Chicken Chilli Casserole

Green Chicken Chilli Casserole


4 chicken breast, cubed
1 med onion, cubed

1 jar of salsa verde
2 cans of green chillies (opt)
1/2 cup minced carrots
3 cups chopped broccoli
1 bell pepper, chopped

1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 cup sour cream

8 small tortillas
2 cups cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Saute chicken and onion until chicken is cooked thoroughly.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Add salsa Verde, green chillies, carrots, broccoli, bell pepper, and saute until tender.  Salt lightly.

Add cumin, garlic, and sour cream and remove from the heat.

Cut tortillas in strips. 

In a 9X13 pan layer chicken mixture, then single layer of tortilla strips, cheese and then repeat. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. 

Serve with lettuce and tomato.  I like to add a dash of Tapitio.

Monday, April 14, 2014

the documented life project ::: week 16 add a piece of cardboard from a snack box

This week kind of came out soft in color but I didn't mind.  I'm still trying to find my groove....if I have one I am on a mission to find it.

I included all of the happy mail I've received lately.  I just love all the little pieces that come and it means so much more to include them in the layout when they came from all over the world. 

This time I added a little pocket for journaling and room for lists on the flap. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Monster Cookies....yum!

This are my families favorite cookie.  We devour them and I never have to erase the cookie jar anymore.  It has read "Monster Cookies" for weeks now.  I have a little secret....shhhh don't tell.  I have cut the sugar (well I exchange the white sugar for coconut sugar), there is no flour and they don't even notice.

The dough might seem to be wrong because it is not really doughy.  I worry every time I bake them but they always turn out wonderful.

Monster Cookies


1 1/2 cups creamy or chunky peanut butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup coconut sugar (you can use white sugar)
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup M&M's plain chocolate candies


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
Line or spray a cookie sheet.
I use liners.

2. In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter with the sugars and butter and mix.
Mix in the eggs and vanilla.
Mix in the oats and baking soda.
Then stir in the chips and M&M's.

3. Drop the cookies by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
I use a large cookie scoop or an ice cream scoop.

4. Bake 12 to 15 minutes

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Final Four art journal

My daughter and I sat down to watch the Women's NCAA and chose our pics for the games.  I am not a sports enthusiast unless it is the X games or Olympics.  Sometimes I will give in if it is college basketball.  This year was much more fun because I brought my journal along.
I added some clips from the Time magazine article this week.  It was fun but it was sad when our team choice lost.